Tag Archives: Columbia Journalism Review

The Power Of Rumors

The power of rumors: “A tool available to all, rumors can act as antidotes to institutional violence, propaganda campaigns or political misconduct,” writes Larissa Pham. “Press conferences are for the powerful; rumors are for ordinary people trying to take down people in power.”

They can warn; they can protect.

 

Fact-Checking

 

Fact-checking:  “A perfectly checked article, after all, can still be fundamentally wrong about its assumptions or conclusions,” writes Colin Dickey.

Being fastidious about little things can lead to reader trust, but facts can be more work than they are worth.

 

Audience Engagement

Audience engagement: Chip Scanlan writes about the power of talking to people in person, “a step that might once have seemed banal, but now seems almost radical.”

“There’s no substitute, as any experienced journalist knows, for face-to-face encounters,” he writes. “Though phone or email interviews may sometimes be efficient or necessary…., only in person can an interviewer observe the nuances of body language, details of environment and give reassuring nods and smiles that create trust and intimacy.”